Racial and Social Justice Trainings

Implicit Bias

These research-based courses for educators explore issues of implicit bias based upon race, ethnicity, LGBTQ, and disability status through an analysis of “microaggressions” and “micro-insults.” Participants examine how implicit bias and microaggressions can impact the success of students regardless of the positive intent of adults or other students. Participants will develope an understanding of how our beliefs, understandings, and experiences can impact how behaviors allow educators to respond to (students, colleagues, families, etc) that may have a disparaging impact. They will also learn about additional resources and tools educators can develop and use that will help in identifying mindfulness and empathy strategies that can improve the way in which educators create and sustain relationships with (students, colleagues, families, etc).

General Information:

  • Courses are offered free of charge to all WEA Members.
  • Space is limited to 30 participants.
  • Trainings will be held via Zoom.
  • Clock Hours will be provided.
  • Contact Jill Dahlen if you have questions or need to cancel your registration.

IMBI - Introduction and Race and Ethnicity (3 clock hours)

Tuesday, January 25, 2022; Tuesday, February 15, 2022 or Tuesday, March 22, 2022
5:00pm-8:00pm

In this course, participants are introduced to implicit bias research, resources, and concepts, including microaggressions and micro-insults. During the other portion of this course, participants develop an understanding of how our beliefs, values, and experiences inform implicit biases related to race and ethnicity, as well as how our implicit biases and behaviors impact others. 
Register: January 25, 2022; February 15, 2022; March 22, 2022


IMBI - Race and Ethnicity - Moving Beyond Our Implicit Bias (4 clock hours)

Saturday, January 29, 2022, Saturday, February 19, 2022, Sunday, February 20, 2022 or Saturday, March 19, 2022
9:00am-1:00pm

This research-based course for educators explores the difference between race and ethnicity through an analysis of definitions, real-world examples, group discussions, and collaborative work strategies. Also examined are the myths of race and how developing sustainable relationships can improve the outcomes of educator experiences with students, families, and peers.
Register: January 29, 2022; February 19, 2022; February 20, 2022March 19, 2022


IMBI - Using Restorative Justice Practices in Education (3 clock hours)

Sunday, February 6, 2022
9:00am-12:00pm

or
Monday, February 28, 2022 or Thursday, March 24, 2022
5:00pm-8:00pm

Though this course, participants gain an understanding of restorative justice practices that can improve educational outcomes for students.  Restorative justice, which is based on respect, responsibility, relationship-building and relationship-repairing, focuses on mediation and agreement rather than punishment. Using restorative justice practices, educators can help keep students in school and create a safe environment where learning can flourish.
Register: February 6, 2022February 28, 2022; March 24, 2022


IMBI - How to be a White Ally in the Fight for Racial Justice (3 clock hours)

Monday, February 7, 2022
4:00pm-7:00pm

How to be a White Ally in the Fight for Racial Justice is a comprehensive look at what white educators can do to be an ally to the BIPOC community. First-person stories, experiences, and scenarios will be shared about how to navigate situations in the classroom, with colleagues, school administration, and the community.  Participants will be expected to examine their own level of awareness and level of practice as an ally, as well as engage in courageous dialogue about how to be an ally.  Those who attend will have a better understanding of how to be an ally in the work of racial equity and social justice as an educator and while working with diverse students, families and educational communities.
Register: February 7, 2022


Implicit Bias - Interrupting Discrimination Against LGBTQ+ Community (3 clock hours)

Saturday, February 12, 2022 or March, 6, 2022
9:00am-12:00pm

This research-based course for educators explores vocabulary to help educators understand gender terminology, binary gender systems, and student perspectives about their experiences as LGBTQ+ youth. 
Register: February 12, 2022; March 6, 2022


IMBI - Bringing Social Justice into the Classroom (3 clock hours)

Monday, February 21, 2022
5:00pm-8:00pm
or
Sunday, March 20, 2022
10:00am-1:00pm

Bringing Social Justice Into The Classroom is a comprehensive look at what educators can do within their classrooms. Using examples from classrooms, videos, resources, and time to collaborate and brainstorm; attendees will have the opportunity to create a routine frameworks that can begin in their classrooms tomorrow. Attendees will learn know how to find grade level standard and how to adapt it to their needs, find a take-away to begin the next day in their classroom, think creatively in order to bring social justice into their lessons and/or routines, and learn how to begin to create content for their classroom.
Register: February 21, 2022; March 20, 2022


IMBI - Institutional Racism and White Privilege (3 clock hours)

Saturday, February 26, 2022 or Saturday, March 26, 2022
9:00am-12:00pm

or
Tuesday, March 1, 2022
5:00pm-8:00pm

Learn the history of institutional racism and white privilege and explore how both have shaped and continue to affect society, including public education. Develop strategies for dealing with institutional racism and skills that contribute to a climate that encourages student success. 
Register: February 26, 2022; March 1, 2022; March 26, 2022


IMBI - Introduction and Gender and Intersectionality (3 clock hours)

Tuesday, March 8, 2022
5:00pm-8:00pm

In this course, participants are introduced to implicit bias research, resources, and concepts, including microaggressions and micro-insults. Participants will also focus on gender and the intersectionality of implicit bias and -isms that lead to microaggressions and inhibit success in the classroom and the workplace. Participants will work on solutions to address the multiple oppressions that students may be facing in the classroom and community for the purpose of improving student achievement.
Register: March 8, 2022


IMBI - Introduction and Ability (3 clock hours)

Tuesday, March 15, 2022
5:00pm-8:00pm

In this course, participants focus on implicit bias and microaggressions related to disabilities. They also work on framing a new way to think of ableism and the impact of visible and invisible ability issues in the classroom and workplace. This is especially important for educators working with student typical “deficit model.” Participants, as leaders in classrooms with disabled students, will learn to engage students and provide a safe, positive learning environment for the purpose of empowering students to achieve their full academic potential.
Register: March 15, 2022


IMBI - Introduction and LGBTQ 

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In this course, participants are introduced to implicit bias research, resources, and concepts, including microaggressions and micro-insults. Participants will also develop an understanding of [1] how our beliefs, values, and experiences inform implicit biases related to LGBTQ issues, and [2] how our implicit biases and behaviors impact others (students, colleagues, families, etc.). Because student success is dependent on a sense of belonging, participants work on strategies to make the classroom and school system more inclusive. Participants will learn how to help provide students form the LGBTQ community a safe environment to learn with the goal of increasing student engagement and academic success. Up to 3 clock hours available.